Black Ice is the 15th studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC.
Their first album in eight years, the longest gap of time between any two AC/DC albums, ‘Black Ice’ is a heavier effort than 2000’s ‘Stiff Upper Lip’.
Angus Young makes use of heavier riffs and shredding throughout, which adds to the infamous wail of singer Brian Johnson, who takes control of lyrical duties for the first time in twenty years.
They finally released new material after eight years of waiting, not to mention the three or so years that they teased us, releasing statements for that long about how new material was being written and recorded.
AC/DC were known to be working on the album as early as January 2006, with it being delayed because of an injury to bassist Cliff Williams and a change of record labels to Sony Music, and in turn Columbia Records.
AC/DC really brought out the rock ‘n roll with this album, and the large amount of times the words “rock” and “rock ‘n roll” appear in the lyrics only reflects this fact.
AC/DC - Black Ice Track Listing
All songs written by Angus and Malcolm Young.
1. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Train” - 4:21
2. “Skies on Fire” - 3:34
3. “Big Jack” - 3:57
4. “Anything Goes” - 3:22
5. “War Machine” - 3:09
6. “Smash ‘n’ Grab” - 4:06
7. “Spoilin’ for a Fight” - 3:17
8. “Wheels” - 3:28
9. “Decibel” - 3:34
10. “Stormy May Day” - 3:10
11. “She Likes Rock ‘n’ Roll” - 3:53
12. “Money Made” - 4:15
13. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Dream” - 4:41
14. “Rocking All the Way” - 3:22
15. “Black Ice” - 3:25
One of the best rock group in the world, who as stand for years on the scene of hard rock, they have nothing to proved and still doing what they love the most; play rock…enjoy it loud! 15 rocking songs with nothing wrong to it… just perfect.
As of October 26, Black Ice had shipped approximately 5,000,000 copies worldwide, debuting on the UK Album charts at number one (a first since Back in Black), selling “110,000 copies out of the box, a dramatic 777% increase on the initial 14,000 units of its 2000 predecessor Stiff Upper Lip.”
On October 28, Black Ice debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 album chart, selling over 784,000 copies in its first week of release, the second highest one-week sales of an album in the US of 2008, ranking ahead of Coldplay’s Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends and only trailing Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III.
Black Ice sold in its first week worldwide 1,762,000 copies. Within two weeks, the album already sold 2,441,000 copies.
Where does the name ‘Black Ice’ comes from ?
According to Angus Young, the term Black Ice refers to playing gigs during the winter in the Young brothers’ native country of Scotland. In an interview, Angus said that “it rolled off the tongue” and that it reminds him of “radio warnings up north of black ice.”
Released October 20, 2008
Recorded March-April 2008 in Vancouver
Genre Hard rock
Producer Brendan O’Brien
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